Quote:True. We're thinking Kingman area (at a lower elevation)might be the best compromise for an actual place to live in semi-retirement...and still within an hour or two of truely dark skies, solitude, favorable weather, and wide open spaces.
The night sky is the canvas....
My optics are the brush....
The Milky Way is the masterpiece
Turtles top to bottom....turtles all the way down
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Quote:I just happened to jump on the real estate websites today and found a land that costs barely more than my SDM! There is a 1720 sq meter property going for $4800 in a remote NSW town called Nymagee. This town has a population of 103, and lookng on Google Earth, there is all of 20 buildings along the main street. The next biggest town, Cobar (population 5200) is 75km away as the crow flies. The place is accessible from Melbourne by paved roads so no worries about bouncing along washboard dirt. The skies here cannot be anything but full on black zone. Straight line distance to Sydney is 500km and to Melbourne 660km. It is a long drive, but not out of the realms of a weekend. If anything, the remoteness means you can floor it without having to worry about cops
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Quote:I just happened to jump on the real estate websites today and found a land that costs barely more than my SDM! There is a 1720 sq meter property going for $4800 in a remote NSW town called Nymagee. This town has a population of 103, and lookng on Google Earth, there is all of 20 buildings along the main street.
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Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote: Why sweat over finding ideal public sites when I can have my own private land for peanuts, in a dry arid location to boot
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Quote:I just want to echo Tony's comments. Buying land in a town seems a really bad way to get dark skies. 103 people can make a lot of light if they put their mind to it. If there aren't local light ordinances (against a lot of light, not for a lot of light), I would not buy land in a small town with the hope of observing from there. If you just want to live closer to dark skies but not completely isolated, then, sure, it might be a nice little village to move to.
I grew up in a town of about 800 and in the 70s, it was fairly dark. I've been back in the last few years and town is not, by any means, dark. It's obviously darker than the city of 200K I live in now but local lights are bad and there are a couple of businesses with all-night lighting. 15 miles out of town, over the hill, is excellent. But in town would not be a good place to move for observing.
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:Be warned that vast swatchs of AZ are subject to very windy conditions that blow all that sand/dust at near hurricaine speeds...........and they come up quickly, almost without notice.......
Who you jivin' with that Cosmic Debris? "all science is either physics or stamp collecting" -- Lord Rutherford
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Tom Polakis Tempe, AZ Visual observing, DSLR photography, lunar & planetary imaging http://www.pbase.com/polakis/